Celebration held at the York Motor Museum

July 03, 2019 at 11:36 AM

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On 9 June, Hon Darren West MLC, Member for the Agricultural Region, officiated at the York Motor Museum celebrations that included the official ownership handover from former owner Peter Briggs. Mr Briggs outlined his 40 year involvement in establishing and running the Motor Museum then officially handed over the Motor Museum to Gary Byfield, President of the Avon Valley Motor Museum Association. 

Mr West and Julian Krieg, Vice President of the Association then unveiled the Honour Board which recognises the donors who contributed to the purchase of the Motor Museum including the WA State Government Royalties for Regions $200,000, Shire of York $54,000, private donations from $100 - $10,000 and an in-kind donation from Peter Briggs who discounted the sworn valuation of the buildings by $165,000. 

Over 60 guests attended, including Motor Museum volunteers, donors, and many others who have made the purchase and subsequent successful running of York Motor Museum possible.

A newly fitted out special room at the Motor Museum was unveiled. Known as “The Briggs Room”, it contains Briggs family related photographs, memorabilia, history panels and a screen which runs historic footage of Peter Briggs in rally mode. 

David Wallace, President Shire of York, presented Peter and Robin Briggs with a framed commemorative plaque, three historic motoring photographs and a certificate in recognition of an outstanding contribution to tourism in York. 

In 2018, the Motor Museum had 12,976 visitors, an increase of 37% from 2017. If each of the extra 4,801 visitors spent $50 (fuel, food and drink, shopping or accommodation) an additional $240,056 is spent in the local economy. 

The Motor Museum is home to the "Never Never Tours" Valiant ute used in the movie "Crocodile Dundee" and signed by Paul Hogan on the dashboard; Rosco McGlashan's 253 mph/407 kph rocket powered drag kart; and the oldest Australian Six car built in 1919 without a chassis number in the first factory at Rushcutters Bay. 

For more information visit www.yorkmotormuseum.com or call 9641 1288.

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